I'm a bit disillusioned about the whole 'rubber contacts are awesome' thing. This weekend my boys and I had our first trial in over a month. I was looking forward to it, but mother nature decided that she didn't approve, we had some pretty gross weather today. It didn't look so bad when I left home, but about half way there it started pouring and didn't stop until I about an hour after I arrived. The ground didn't LOOK bad. When you took a step you thought your foot would land in dewey grass, but it actually landed almost ankle deep in water.
We had standard first and I felt the contacts as I was walking the course. They were rubber, but they felt a bit slick to me. But they're rubber so they're awesome, right?? Apollo went first, getting his 2nd Exc A Standard leg in preferred. No problems with the contacts. Then Rammy went next and did well aside from a tunnel refusal (which I turned into an off-course). No problem with the contacts. But when Icon went he had a wipe-out on the downside of the aframe and then almost fell off the dogwalk but saved himself.
So why the hell am I boycotting trials without rubber contacts? Are rubber contacts any safer? Today I felt that a good sanded wood contact would have had significantly more traction for in this weather. Argh.
All three boys qualified in JWW so while it was a miserable day weather-wise it was a good day Q-wise missing only Rammy's Std for Q's.
The trial for tomorrow is cancelled due to weather and next weekend is in doubt too because the weathermen are forcasting rain for eternity. I would like to get some ring time in before nationals if possible but if not... c'est la vie!